HOW DO WE OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES TO ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION AND THE DECOLONISATION OF THE CURRICULUM? Saturday 14th November 11 am to 12.30 pm
The recent government pronouncements on what can be taught in schools is an intentional barrier to advancing anti-racist education. However, the toppling of the statues that celebrated racism in Bristol and elsewhere, as well as the explosion of anti-racist education campaigning across the country, proves that profound progress is within our grasp. The panel will introduce a discussion on how best we can move forward.
Our panel, followed by a discussion
Chair: Sarah Ahmed
Since studying a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from Oxford University, Sarah has been teaching within a Sheffield sixth form school. With almost 15 years of experience, her roles have ranged from Teacher Training Coordinator, Head of Department and an Associate Assistant Headteacher.
Sarah has focused on community cohesion and has supported events held by Family Voice, building relationships with BAME communities and education. She is passionate about equality and representation within education and has taken part in the ‘Diverse Leaders’ course as part of Yorkshire Leadership Community. Sarah continues to work with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam with the aim of recruiting more BAME teachers. She hopes to see more BAME representation in leadership roles and to exemplify to young people that ‘it is possible’!
Danny is a Professor interested in trends in societies who is employed by the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He works on issues of equality, employment, education, housing, and health. He is a patron of the road crash charity RoadPeace, and of Heeley City Farm in Sheffield.
Rumbi Mukoyi is a Founder of African Youth Arise (AYA) and Human Resources Business Partner for one of the global logistics company. Her challenges and experiences as a young African person living in the diaspora invoked her passion for the pursuit of positive stimulation and excellence for others of similar background.
She started off her Youth Development career at the age of 22 with ZimWomen Association Northampton, volunteering as a Youth Coordinator. Her role involved advocating, teaching and inspiring children and young people from the African community in UK, Europe and India by creating a platform where they could learn life skills and character building activities. In order to achieve this she has developed relationships with a variety of local service providers, local business and national and international bodies. Rumbi works to bridge the gap between role models within the African Diaspora community and the young bringing them together so they see, know and learn from positive role models.
Kathryn works at the University of Sheffield, leading the English initial teacher education course (PGDE). Before that she worked for 10 years as an English teacher, and head of English, in schools in Rotherham and Sheffield. She has been talking with students and staff, in partnership schools and at university, to find out more about the impact of racism in teaching, teacher education and the school curriculum, working towards implementing anti-racist pedagogy and practice.
Dr Abdul Galil Shaif
Head of community education liaison, working with the BAME community and schools 1992-2002. Extensive experience of working to develop community organisations and community development initiatives, including the black literacy campaign and establishing community language schools. A founding member of the black community Forum and recently a founding member of the Sheffield COVID-19 BAMER Action group. Currently chief executive of ACT and Hadfield Institute. Bilingual and politically active